HENRY OSSAWA TANNER (1859 - 1937) The Good Shepherd.
Oil on wood panel, circa 1917. 210x273 mm; 8 1/4x10 3/4 inches. With the artist's estate ink stamp, and signed by the artist's son Jesse O. Tanner in ink, verso.
Provenance: estate of the artist; Grand Central Art Galleries, New York; private New York collection.
This is one of several small Tanner paintings of the shepherd and his flock. This loosely painted panel is an apparent study for the painting Shepherd with Herd sold at Christie's, NY, on December 2, 1998. Tanner experimented in these simple tonal studies with his application of paint. In this small work, with various layers of thin oil paint, Tanner leaves suggestive marks across the board, leaving exposed areas of ground.